Kim wants ski resort by year-end


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued a national appeal to speed up work on a “world-class” ski resort, which is being built as rival South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Describing the Masik Pass resort in the impoverished country’s northeast as a “gigantic patriotic work,” Kim on Tuesday urged greater effort to complete the project — with 110 km of multilevel ski runs, a hotel, heliport and cable cars.

The ruling Korean Workers’ Party “remains unchanged in its resolution to build a world-class skiing ground within this year,” Kim said in a message carried by the Korean Central News Agency.

The resort, which is being built by the military, will “provide the people and school youth and children with highly civilized and happy living conditions,” Kim said.